NBC Renews Last Call, Commitment to Desk-Based Entertainment

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Well here's a sentence we certainly don't get to type very often: A well-performing show on NBC (yes, on NBC!) has been renewed for another year. Last Call With Carson Daly has been picked up for the 2009–2010 season, which will surely come as a relief to Peacock viewers who were probably nervous about the prospect of only being able to watch three talk shows per weeknight this fall (Last Call will air after Leno, Conan, and Jimmy Fallon).

Kidding aside, though — were you aware that Daly, on average, is seen by an impressive 1.2 million viewers — at 1:35 a.m.! — and in the advertiser-admired 18–49 demographic, he trails ABC's presumably more-expensive Jimmy Kimmel Live! by only a tenth of a point, even though he's on a full 90 minutes later? It's true! And while he's surely benefiting these days from the surprise success of his lead-in Jimmy Fallon (plus the viewership of people who forget to turn their televisions off before falling asleep, no doubt), he's a genial, competent host, and it's sometimes nice to see a show renewed for its solid ratings rather than the comparatively higher cost of replacing it with something else. Who says we only write about bad news on Vulture?

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